Aphyssou Tsakona Project 1989-1991
It was apparent to the survey team which identified the Tsakona sanctuary in 1984 that this hilltop site had suffered greatly from erosion; this potentially poor state of preservation was greatly aggravated a year later when the farmer with grazing rights to the land cultivated part of it with a heavy tractor-drawn plough, scraping off much of the surface soil in the process. This was further aggravated by wild fires in the region. Surface finds made by the survey, including architectural terracottas, potsherds and many complete and fragmentary handmade terracottas, suggested the site was of interest, and that an effort to salvage what information might still survive would be justified, even though it was recognized that very little would have escaped unscathed.
Active from 1989 to 1991.
Aphyssou Tsakona Project 1989-1991 (Research programme)Aphyssou Tsakona Excavation (Project)
Aphyssou Tsakona Excavation (Excavation)
Aphyssou Tsakona Survey 1990-1991 (Project)
Aphyssou Tsakona Survey 1990-1991: Season 1990 (Survey)
Aphyssou Tsakona Survey 1990-1991: Season 1991 (Survey)
Catling, Dr H. W. O.B.E, C.B.E.
Catling, H. W. 1990. A Sanctuary of Zeus Messapeus: Excavations at Aphyssou, Tsakona, 1989. BSA 85: 15-35. Direct link